The effects of food safety education on adolescents' hand hygiene behavior

An analysis of stages of change

Eun Joo Kim, Andrew J. Pai, Nam E. Kang, Woo Kyoung Kim, Young Soon Kim, Hyun Kyung Moon, Ae Wha Ha

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Abstract

The hand hygiene behavior of 400 middle school students (grades 1-3) in Seoul and Gyeonggi-Do was studied to determine how stages of change were affected by food safety education, focusing on hand hygiene and general food safety. Subjects were 51.3% male and 44.3% of study subjects were first graders of middle school. Approximately 40% of subjects were at the stage of action, 42.7% were at the stage of contemplation, and 16.4% were at pre-contemplation. The most important factor that influenced proper hand washing was self efficacy (P < 0.001). Proper hand washing was also correlated significantly with positive belief (P < 0.01) and stages of change (P < 0.01). After food safety education by high-school mentors, middle-school students who were in the stages of pre-contemplation (11.1%) and contemplation (88.9%) showed significant progression toward the action stage (P < 0.001). Proper hand washing (P < 0.01) and food safety knowledge (P < 0.05) were also significantly increased after educational intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-174
Number of pages6
JournalNutrition Research and Practice
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Apr 1

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Kim, Eun Joo ; Pai, Andrew J. ; Kang, Nam E. ; Kim, Woo Kyoung ; Kim, Young Soon ; Moon, Hyun Kyung ; Ha, Ae Wha. / The effects of food safety education on adolescents' hand hygiene behavior : An analysis of stages of change. In: Nutrition Research and Practice. 2012 ; Vol. 6, No. 2. pp. 169-174.
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